6/9/15 Day 46
Hog Park Reservoir to M1513.1, 9463′
Tent – Nights Spent Alone: 7
21, 864 Trip Miles
Blue bird to Mostly cloudy
Day’s of Snow: 7 – Day’s of Rain: 13
# of Zero days: 5
7:10 am to 7:25 pm
Gila Crossings Final Total: 221
Tick Count: 4 (3 more crawling on me)
116 Wild Horses
37 Cotton Tail Rabbits
22 Horny Roads
19 Prairie Dogs
17 Jack Rabbit***
12 Ground Squirrels
2 Rattle Snakes
*181 from car, **3 from car, ***1 from car, ****1 from car
I’m so tired right now. I need a day off.
Today in a nut shell.
Started with 4 mile dirt road walk.
Made it about 11 miles before we hit snow.
Crossed into Colorado for the second time at 11:55 am
Hiked at 10k for three miles on all snow.
Dropped into a valley just west of the Zirkel Wilderness. The views were amazing. Lots of snow up high.
Treaded through some open meadows that were muddy and wet. At the second on we got to a creek that should have been three feet wide and it was 20′ at spots. It was also chest deep.
We finally found a spot to cross and set camp up shortly after. Between the two meadows we came across a porcupine! He was a BIG sucker too. First one I’ve seen in all my hiking.
Now off to bed.
This was a tough tough day. Compared to the walking through the Great Basin this was levels tougher. The snow didn’t help either. Looking back I was probably dehydrated too. The hiking (views) once off the road was great. When we finally got to the Elk River Basin it was downhill and the views really lifted my spirits. It was also where we got off the snow.
The raging creek that was now a river was no fun. I mentioned it quickly above but the whole ordeal was over 45 miles long and stressful. By the time I got to camp I was done. Cooking took more energy than I had. It was that bad.
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